TYSON FURY experienced 'suicidal thoughts' for two weeks after his sensational stoppage of Deontay Wilder last year – and he expects to experience them again after his trilogy fight with the American.
The Gypsy King completed a fairytale return from the depths of addiction last February when he stopped the previously unbeaten Wilder to claim the WBC heavyweight title.
But the grips of depression consumed him once again after he returned home from his Vegas victory.
Fury, 32, told Gareth A Davies: "After every extreme high, there's got to be an even lower low for me.
"When I beat Wilder, like last time, I returned home and for the first ten days the only think I'd think about was suicidal thoughts.
"It was a very low time for me and it took me two weeks to get right again.
"And this is after every extreme high with somebody who's on a mental health patient-level like myself, there's always going to be extreme lows.
"So the higher the high, the high, the lower the low. And that's 100 per cent true. But it's knowing how to manage and maintain these problems.
"And that's the word that the key factor here, it's the maintenance word.
"Because if you can know yourself and know that you're going to get well again in a few days, then you're going to be OK."
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Fury expects to feel the same way after his July trilogy fight with The Bronze Bomber.
He said: "I already know what's going to happen every time. Every single I've ever had, and it's not just me,
"I believe and I'd say that 85 per cent of boxers are the same.
"You're in your own head. I'm sure we've all heard that saying before, 'I'm stuck in my own mind.' That's where you go and it just takes time to get back right again."
Fury's loving family are often his saving grace when he's down in the dumps, as well as getting back into the swing of things in the gym.
He said: "It's not going to happen in one day or one hour.
"It takes time and I get back well again quite quickly. The routine does it for me. It's a massive change.
"I go from headlining in Las Vegas being the king of the world, to doing the bins in Morecambe Bay. It's a massive change.
"I go from being out here for ten to 12 weeks training every day and having my food cooked and being kept like a top-class racehorse, to go back home to become dad again.
"The adjustment – dad, school runs, bin days, that sort of stuff. Cooking, cleaning, All the normal stuff that you'd do as a husband and a father."
Fury will renew his rivalry with Wilder on July 24 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
YOU’RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
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